When a user is using earbuds to receive device audio, responses to spoken queries are delivered to the earbuds in audio format. Audio delivery can be slower and inefficient compared to the user looking at the same response on a screen. Moreover, long responses delivered as audio can be cognitively difficult to process. Further, it is difficult to skim the content of a long response or skip portions, when the response is delivered as audio. This disclosure describes techniques that enable a user to perform a physical gesture in response to which the query response is provided on the screen of an available device. For example, the user can raise their wrist to view the response on the screen of a smartwatch.
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Faaborg, Alexander James and Wu, Shengzhi, "Automatically Switching Query Response Modality Based On Physical Gestures", Technical Disclosure Commons, (February 08, 2021)